Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions in most states. Physician assistants practice in primary care medicine--family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and in surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. PA practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.
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The School of Physician Assistant Studies has the only physician assistant program in Nevada. In 2004, Touro University Nevada, recognizing the critical shortage of health care providers in the state, opened its doors to both PA and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students. Since then, other professions such as occupational therapy, nursing, education, and physical therapy, have joined the university, providing a unique opportunity for students to interact with different disciplines, cementing the health care team concept.
This young universitys pioneering spirit along with a vibrant, innovative faculty sets the PA program above its contemporaries. With strong administrative support, collegial relationships within the institution, and a student-centered approach to education, the School of Physician Assistant Studies is truly unique.
The Physician Assistant Studies program, which is 28 months long, confers the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree upon successful completion. Sixteen months of the program are dedicated to didactic classroom instruction in basic science, clinical medicine, behavioral studies and professional issues.
The following twelve months consist of clinical rotations with required experiences in family medicine, adult medicine, emergency, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health, long term care and hospitalizations, surgery and community medicine. There are two months of elective rotations giving students opportunity to explore different specialties.
The PA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The ARC-PA is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of all Physician Assistant Programs. Touro University Nevada is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been approved by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education to award the degree of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
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